A Lancashire MP has pledged to support the recommendations set out in a parliamentary inquiry report which has concluded that NHS treatment for pancreatic cancer is not patient-centred, well co-ordinated or efficient.
Lindsay Hoyle, MP for Chorley, attended the launch of the report at a reception held by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Pancreatic Cancer.
The APPG warns that much greater focus and resource is needed in order tackle this disease, which is set to overtake breast cancer as the fourth biggest cancer killer in the UK by 2030.
Pancreatic cancer currently has the lowest survival rate of the 21 most common cancers and there has hardly been any improvement in survival rates from the disease in last 40 years.
The report sets out 12 specific recommendations including the need to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer and its symptoms and undertake a review of referral pathways and diagnostic services.
Lindsay Hoyle said: “In the run up to the event, I received correspondence from a number of constituents who have lost family members to this terrible disease.
“The aggressive nature of pancreatic cancer means that it is essential that people are diagnosed as early as possible.
“I’m calling on Clinical Commissioning Groups, acute trusts and GPs to champion early diagnosis.” Pancreatic cancer is currently the fifth most common cause of cancer death,